One of my other interests, asides from books, is minimalism.
Minimalism is more than a white, bare room aesthetic; it’s a way of thinking and intentionally living, and I find that very appealing. There’s no right way to be a minimalist (or a bookworm, for that matter). To me, intentionally living as a bookworm means keeping the amount of books I own to a minimum by rarely purchasing physical books and getting rid of those of no value to me. Being a bookworm, it’s easy to get carried away with buying books and adding to the seemingly never-ending TBR pile. So, while my virtual TBR is always growing on Goodreads, I don’t have an actual pile of books in my home making me guilty or anxious about all the books I have to read.
There’s nothing wrong with collecting books. However, if you’re at the point where you’re filled with dread rather than excitement when you see your cluttered bookshelf, then maybe you should consider downsizing. Go through your TBR pile and carefully decide if you’re ever going to read each book and donate books that you don’t absolutely love.
So, how do I read my books if I’m not buying them in bookstores?
I have yet to come across a book I’ve wanted to read that isn’t digitalized. Ebooks are a great alternative to buying physical books because they save living space and trees.
Not everyone is prepared to give up the comfort of flipping through a book and getting a whiff of its smell. That’s where libraries come in!
You can check out something tangible, save living space, and save money. There’s no
(or at least not as much) guilt or frustration in picking up a bad book because you can always return it knowing you didn’t spend a dime on it.
If you don’t have access to a library and prefer physical books, friends can be libraries!
Since moving abroad for college, I’ve come to understand the struggle of not having a decent library to check out recreational reads. I’m lucky enough to have a number of friends who are willing to share books that they have bought in exchange for something priceless: